Check below for information on just a few of the artists performing…
Allen Gates found his calling with words and used them as a way to communicate through music at an early age. Born in St. Louis, he took his first vulnerable plunge performing for his peers on a class trip. The applause and respect from this hypercritical young crowd validated his talent. “At that point, I realized I was good and I needed to take this seriously,” says Allen. Influenced by LL Cool J, DMX, and Jay Z, Allen has been grinding the Hip Hop scene for more than eight years. His honesty and intensity creates an energetic and raw impact in a genre of music that has steered away from its less materialistic roots. His lyrical decisions and sense of discovery work in the studio and carry over to the stage where he puts it all out there for his fans.
Bigg Iceberg (Nathaniel Thomas) was born and raised on the Westside of St. Louis, MO. As the youngest of six siblings he is no stranger to being perceived as the underdog. However, today he is referred to by his FullCircle Hitsquad family as “Team Captain”. Bigg Iceberg created his HoodScholar Muzic brand in 2009 to embody the quick wit and scholastic talent of the typical street hustler. Iceberg has been methodically refining his craft and gaining recognition in St. Louis’ music scene. Performing with the likes of Legend Camp, Doorway, Big SANT, and Kamikaze. “I want to build an empire to help my people escape the struggles of the streets”
Bigg Iceberg booking info: email@example.com
Ducky Hines & Larry Byrd are known as Team Vaultron. Coming out of the Wells-Goodfellow & U. City neighborhoods of St. Louis respectively, they’ve released various projects with DJ Shad (Derrty DJs), Crowd Rocka DJs, and DJ Fu Nasty of Addicted Dopeness. Ducky’s songs have been featured on various blogs, mix shows, and mixtapes available online. His debut THURRRZDAY NITE LIVE garnered much praise and earned him a spot performing at SLUMFest. Larry Byrd’s mixtapes Louie Muscle Vols 1 & 2 have also made headway in the thriving St. Louis Hip-Hop Scene. Look for Ducky’s new project, J.I.M.M.Y. and Larry’s next project, Chronicles of a Drinker in 2013.
Ducky & Larry are on www.stlmixtapes.com
E.L.I. & DJ Phingaprint are broadcasting live from ya soul on the soon to be released No Topic Mixtape featuring Melatone and Vice Verse of Slum Village. E.L.I. (Empowering Live Instruments) was born in Jackson, MS into the world of Funk, Hip-Hop, Breakbeats, and R&B at it’s prime. This young man provides an authentic hip-hop sound and state of mind, while keeping up with the current styles and southern flavor. E.L.I. adds flavor to his music with his ability to play live music on any of 9 different instruments. Ever since DJ Phingaprint’s parents bought him his first set of turntables back in 1985, he adopted music as his life’s mission. “For me turntablism is not just a way of life for me, it is my life. I can’t imagine living without wax.” Over the past 20 years he has racked up a seemingly endless list of impressive credits as a DJ, producer and music educator. DJ Phinga began his career in 1992 at WMPR in Jackson. He became a member of the Stewpot Stowaways, a collective of MCs that included David Banner & Kamikaze. He also DJ’d for Poetic Climax, the first Mississippi rap group to perform on BET’s Teen Summit. Later, Phingaprint united with fellow Stowaways David Banner and Kamikaze to form Crooked Lettaz. The trio released their famous debut LP Grey Skys on Penalty/Tommy Boy Records. Phingaprint DJs internationally in countries like The Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, UK, Iraq and Ghana and has also hit the road as David Banner’s official tour DJ.
Catch DJ Phingaprint on & E.L.I. on ReverbNation.
Legion of Lyricists (Haiku and Stogie) is a band of MC’s, producers, graphic artists, and DJs from all parts of the globe who have united to achieve a common goal… to establish an elite class of lyricists and producers in an otherwise endless void of mediocrity. They strive to be a central hub for artists looking to network with the best in the world & provide an outlet for them to share their talents where other forms of media refuse.
Legion of Lyricists are on Youtube & .
Profits is coming to SXSW by way of St. Louis, MO. He aims to be establish a profitable brand of Rap/R&B/Pop. He’s received a warm reception from a diverse crowd of music lovers which has encouraged him to build on his potential for industry success. Profits released The Collection in 2012 and as well as several videos. Performing for years and soaking up knowledge from others with a great passion for music, Profits feels that now the time to bring his live show to Austin, TX.
Profits is on YouTube.